Dr. Chilenye Nwapi, Ph.D.

Consultant and Researcher, University of Calgary, Canada and Senior Fellow, OGEES Institute, Nigeria

Dr Chilenye Nwapi is a Research Associate at the Canadian Institute of Resources Law, University of Calgary, Canada and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Oil, Gas, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, Afe Babalola University, Nigeria. He holds a PhD from the University of British Columbia, Canada (where he was a Liu Scholar), a Master of Laws from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Laws from Imo State University, Nigeria. He has also completed advanced courses at the UN Institute for Training and Research, Geneva and at The Hague Academy of International Law, Netherlands. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Dr Nwapi conducts research in several areas – oil and gas law, mining law, energy law, environmental law, private international law, public international law, law and development, criminal law, and trademark law – so diverse that they appear incompatible especially when they also crisscross multiple jurisdictions. Yet, beneath the diversity lies an unbreakable thread: a research agenda that seeks to understand how energy and natural resource development can contribute to public welfare improvements in developing countries where regulatory mechanisms are weak. His scholarship has appeared in several scholarly journals around the world and he has presented his research in more than a dozen countries, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong (China), Netherlands, Qatar, South Africa, Sweden, and the USA. In past years, Dr Nwapi served as a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court at The Hague and as a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University, Sweden. Most recently, he was an Erasmus Mundus Visiting Scholar at the Global and European Studies Institute, University of Leipzig, Germany, where he participated in teaching a course titled, “Respacing Africa: New Regionalisms”. He has also lectured at the University of British Columbia and the University of Calgary. He has held numerous prestigious academic awards, including the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship – the most prestigious fellowship awarded by the Canadian government to select top-tier scholars around the world each year. He is a member of the World Bank Community of Practice Group on Local Content Development, an invitation-only group that connects policy makers, private sector representatives, practitioners, academics and civil society to share and generate knowledge about local content development in the extractive resource sector. Outside his professional life, Dr Nwapi finds immense interest in seeking to understand the apparent mysteries of life, such as: Why was I born? Why is this happening to me? Moments when he comes close to finding answers to these questions are to him the only real high points in his life.

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